JT Album Premiere: Echo by Keiko Matsui

The pianist's latest disc is out Feb. 22 on Shanachie


Keiko Matsui (Photo: Courtesy of Shanachie Records)

[UPDATE 2/28: The streaming window is now closed.]

JazzTimes is honored to present for a limited time an exclusive stream of Echo, the new album by pianist/composer Keiko Matsui, in its entirety. The album is set for a Feb. 22 release on Shanachie Records.

Matsui’s 28th recording as a leader, Echo was co-produced with Bud Harner and features an array of guest stars—including bassist Marcus Miller, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, vocalist Gretchen Parlato, keyboardist/arranger Randy Waldman, trumpeter/flugelhornist Wayne Bergeron, guitarists Robben Ford and Paul Jackson, Jr., bassists Jimmy Johnson and Kyle Eastwood (son of Clint), percussionist Luis Conte, and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta—as well as Keiko’s regular touring band of drummer Jimmy Branly, guitarist JP Mourão, and bassist Rico Belled.

“While composing the songs on Echo, I had a feeling of gratitude and a sense that there were infinite possibilities,” Matsui says. “This music is close to my heart because it is a celebration of the joy of the imagination, the strength of courage and the endurance of faith. It is about romance and a reminder to honor all living things.”

Go here to pre-order Echo.